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Chinese Researcher Create A Genetically Modified Cow That Produce Omega-3 Rich Milk

June 17, 2010: 10:48 AM EST

Researchers from China’s Inner Mongolian University were able to create a genetically modified cow that they hope will produce milk that is rich in omega-3. This is the world’s first genetically modified cow that has this trait and it is one of two genetically modified cows but it is the only one with this trait. Chief researcher Dr. Guang-Peng Li said the cow is still too young to produce milk but they analyzed an ear tissue sample and found the cow’s omega 3 fatty acid level to be 10 times more than in normal cows. Dr. Li’s long term goal for his transgenic cattle research is to get several fat-1 cattle that express high levels of omega-3 in order to produce cattle products that are healthy for humans.

Joanna Cosgrove, "Cloned Cows Produce Omega 3 Milk", Nutraceuticals World, June 17, 2010, © Rodman Publishing
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